I'm finding, more and more often, that when I look up products on Amazon.com, the price advertised will depend on whether or not I'm logged in to the site. Just yesterday, for example, I looked up a cleaning product, a 10-pack of Chore Boy scourers. The exact URL used in both cases was this:
When I was not logged in, and using the Brave browser, this is what was returned (clickit to biggit):
When I was logged in, using the Chrome browser but the identical URL, I got a different price:
I contacted Amazon's customer support chat, and asked the lady who responded why I was getting a different price like that. She could not answer my question, and asked me to submit screenshots of the differences to the customer service department. I've done so, but haven't yet had any response.
Even more intriguing, when I went to the same URL this morning, one of the prices were different. "Not logged in" still showed a price of $10.25, but "logged in" showed $11.50.
That's not the only product where I've observed such differences in pricing, depending on whether or not I'm logged in to Amazon's Web site. Are they assuming that loyal customers can safely be charged more, because we won't actually compare prices? Are they trying to attract what their algorithm might consider "new" (or at least not-logged-in) customers with lower prices, only to spring a switcheroo on them when they do log in?
Can anyone suggest what's going on with Amazon's pricing algorithm? Something ain't right, for sure! If you've noticed anything similar, please let us know about it in Comments, giving the specific product URL if possible. It'll be interesting to find out how widespread this problem is becoming.